A Malta-registered ship, 'Garland', docked in Chennai's port limits, was searched by Customs officials on Friday following an anonymous phone call claiming that it was carrying some radioactive material.

Officials from Customs and other security agencies on Friday carried out checks on a Malta-registered ship following an anonymous phone call claiming that it was carrying some radioactive material.

The officials received the call saying that the ship, identified as ‘Garland’ and on its way from Vishakapatnam, was carrying some radioactive material, police said.

Coast Guard officials said it was a merchant ship and had been docked in the Chennai Port limits.

Special teams are expected to arrive and make a thorough check later in the day.

“Experts from Kalpakkam nuclear plant are expected to make a thorough check to ascertain whether it is carrying radioactive material,” they said.